The ACP-EU Energy Facility II supports projects aiming to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for the rural poor in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. A second call for proposals under the ACP-EU Energy Facility II, with a budget of EUR 55 million has recently closed. The result is 22 new projects, targeting rural electrification, that have just been contracted.
In Kenya, the Community Based Green Energy project, implemented by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and partners, is performing well and is demonstrating progress and good results. The project aims to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for 407,792 households, through 138 schools and health centers and 69 community-based groups in rural and peri-urban areas.
The PAMENU project financed under Energy Facility I reached out to many people. The project aimed at reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for people living in rural areas of Northern Uganda, by providing energy services to rural households, social institutions (schools, health centers, prisons, etc.) and small and medium enterprises in the targeted areas.
The project “Programa Comunitário para Acesso a Energias Renováveis”, that take place in Guinea-Bissau, has come a long way since its initiation. The project aims to ensure quality, reliable and sustainable access to electricity to the centre of semi-rural Bambadinca using renewable energy sources. The project seeks to improve the living conditions of the local households, the local commerce and the performance of institutions (schools, hospitals and local administration).
The Tsumkwe Energy project took place in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia from 2008-2012. Tsumkwe is Namibia’s largest off-grid settlement and home to the indigenous minority of Namibia’s San community. The closest electricity grid access point is 300 kilometers away. The settlement is not scheduled for grid electrification within the next 20 years. The objective was to facilitate the supply of electricity through a solar-diesel hybrid energy source.